Kirklands Hospital

Kirklands Hospital is a mental health facility in Bothwell, Scotland. It is managed by NHS Lanarkshire.

Kirklands Hospital
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Kirklands Hospital
Kirklands Hospital is located in South Lanarkshire
Kirklands Hospital
Shown in South Lanarkshire
LocationBothwell, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Coordinates55°48′42″N 4°03′51″W / 55.81174°N 4.06423°W / 55.81174; -4.06423Coordinates: 55°48′42″N 4°03′51″W / 55.81174°N 4.06423°W / 55.81174; -4.06423
Care systemNHS Scotland
TypePsychiatric hospital
Emergency departmentNo
ListsHospitals in Scotland


The hospital, which was designed by Thomas Halket, was established by Dr William Dean Fairless as a private psychiatric facility for the "upper and middle classes" and opened as the Bothwell Asylum in June 1871.[1][2][3] It was acquired by the Glasgow District Board of Lunacy in 1879 and, after being significantly expanded in the Scottish baronial style, reopened as the Kirklands District Asylum in 1881.[1] It became Kirklands Mental Hospital in the 1920s and then joined the National Health Service as Kirklands Hospital in 1948.[4]

After the introduction of Care in the Community in the early 1980s, the hospital went into a period of decline and the old buildings were replaced by smaller modern assessment and treatment facilities.[5][6] Since 2010, the site has also been used by NHS Lanarkshire as their headquarters[7] and medical training centre.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Kirklands Hospital". Historic Hospitals. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Kirklands Hospital". Archives Hub. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Bothwell Asylum" (PDF). Glasgow Herald. 19 April 1872. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Kirklands Hospital". National Archives. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Learning Difficulties Assessment and Treatment Unit, Kirklands Hospital, Bothwell". Hawthorne Boyle. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Therapy unit to be built at Kirklands Hospital site". Daily Record. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  7. ^ "NHS Lanarkshire Board Headquarters". Yell. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Event Diary for S5/S6 pupils". NHS Lanarkshire. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Bothwell training centre opened". Motherwell Times. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2019.